Yeah! Another blog tour – combining a few of my favorite things – knits, anything designed by Nancy Zieman and gorgeous embroidery! So what did I get when I put all those things together? A new favorite garment – my Newport Pullover Tunic, pattern designed by Nancy Zieman. It’s the perfect canvas for embroidery – the cowl necks drapes softly over the shoulders displaying feminine embroidery designs and framing the face. The nifty little asymmetrical panel hits below the hip (that’s right– BELOW the hip! – thanks, Nancy!) and adds a playful touch to the garment. It’s soooo comfortable to wear, you’ll want one too. There’s a good chance you could win the goods to make one of your own.
Here’s how I created my tunic. I selected a comfy lightweight knit in one of my fabric colors – a deep slate that pairs well with brights, black or grays. And then I set off on planning the embroidery in Perfect Placement Software – which includes a delicious assortment of fashion embroidery designs.
The Newport Pullover
Perfect Placement Software by Designs in Machine Embroidery available at your local sewing machine dealer or http://www.dzgns.com
Nancy Zieman’s Newport Pullover available at http://www.nancysnotions.com, view 2
Knit fabric per pattern requirements
Floriani Wet ‘n Gone Tacky
Step 1 – At the Computer
Open a new file in Perfect Placement Software. Select Embellishments, Eileen, Earthtones, EileenB.
Select Embellishments, Earthtones, EileenC. Rotate and move EileenC to the left of the original design and resize it to 1.70” x .98”.
Select Embellishments, Earthtones, EileenA. Connect EileenA to the left of EileenC.
Copy, paste and mirror image EileenA. Move it to the far right. Go to Embellishments, Earthtones, EileenH and place EileenH on the end of EileenA.
Save this file as CowlCenter and send it to your machine in the appropriate format.
You might find it helpful to send two smaller segments to your machine. This will be helpful to decorate the cowl once it’s pieced together. Send the EileenB and EileenC combo to the machine.
Also send EileenA and EileenH to the machine.
On lightweight jersey fabric shown in the sample, use an adhesive water soluble stabilizer such as Floriani Wet N Gone Tacky. Add a basting stitch to hold the fabric to the hooped stabilizer. Stitch most of the designs on the flat fabric, starting in the center front and working towards the center back, one side at a time. At some point, the embroidery will be stitched across the center back seam. Do as much embroidery as possible before stitching the center back seam then add the embroidery across the seam.
But hey, don’t just take my word on how great Nancy’s pattern is, take a look at what these other blog tour participants did with one of Nancy’s patterns and view upcoming dates and links for the rest of the tour.
April 16, 2013 – Nancy Zieman the Blog
April 17, 2013 – Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch
April 18, 2013 – Baby Lock
April 19, 2013 – Sew Beautiful Magazine
April 20, 2013 – Marie Madeline Studio
April 21, 2013 – Pamela Erny
April 22, 2013 – Amy Webb
April 23, 2013 – Sew News
April 24, 2013 – Eileen Roche
April 25, 2013 – Riley Blake Designs
April 26, 2013 – The Sewing Loft Blog
April 27, 2013 – Nancy Zieman the Blog
Here’s your assignment this week:
We love Nancy and know you do too! Leave us a comment on the best thing you’ve learned from Nancy over the years and we’ll pick 4 random winners to receive items from the Nancy Zieman Sew Knits with Confidence blog tour. Up for grabs; one winner will get the Sew Knits with Confidence book + Newport Pullover pattern featured in this blog, our second winner gets the Monterey Knit Collection pattern, next up for grabs is a Santa Fe Dress & Top pattern and the last, but not least, winner will get a Cape Cod Jacket pattern – all by Nancy Zieman!
The winner of last week’s assignment is:
Tell me how you get your embroidery fix, is it a daily activity or one you squeeze in when you find a free afternoon? Just leave a comment and you could win one of two Gold Memberships to Daily Embroidery. That’s a $120 value each!
Daily Embroidery’s Gold Membership program offers unlimited downloads to their massive and ever-growing design collection with two new designs added daily.
And the winners are…Leora B & Terrie Underwood! Congratulations!